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Emporia Group Fitness Blog - September 2015

Wednesday, September 9 2015 3:31 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Feature Instructor of the Month: Javier Gonzalez

Javier Gonzalez is the oldest of 7 born to a mixed Mexican- American Family in the small town of Arcadia, Florida.  Although blessed to be born an American citizen, he has spent a lot of his life in his family’s little ranch housed in the mountains of Guanajuato, Mexico learning the true meaning of hard work and appreciation for what the United States has to offer, since there was little beyond the essentials available in this home in Mexico. But time in Mexico was in no way a burden, rather a lesson and a blessing in disguise since he was able to be with his family and build pride for the culture he came from.

Javier also took great lessons from his mother, who single-handedly raised her children while maintaining a full time job and working to accomplish her dreams. Early on, his mother made sure that he accomplished each and every one of his goals even at a young age, enrolling him and his siblings in many programs that would lead them to succeed and him to earn a scholarship in the 6th grade that would fund his entire college career. First starting at a community college, he transferred to the University of South Florida Tampa campus quickly earning his Associates degree, later two Bachelor’s degrees and then finally his Master’s degree.

Currently the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Emporia State University, Javier's main responsibility focuses on high student interaction, student leadership programming, student development and progress, advising students in a general spectrum of circumstances, and multicultural coordination. During his time at USF and now at ESU, he has managed to gain a substantial amount of experience within each and every one of these aspects but more within multicultural involvement/coordination and student programming.

At Genesis, Javier is one of the newest members of the staff as an instructor for the Zumba class where he manages to be motivating and empowering to those around him to further aid his strongest belief that those who at least try to do something out of their norm are the ones that go far and beyond the average individual. He hopes to one day be able to influence more individuals to get up and get going to become the best versions of themselves as the strives to do the same for himself.  For this reason, he continues to dedicate his best in all he does and to push each and every individual to their greatest potential.

Class of the Month:   Combat Fitness

We are bringing it back! Basil will give you a workout to remember.

A cardio based class that uses the fundamentals of boxing to engage participants.  Members are given a warm-up of various calisthenics & dynamic stretching.  The participants are provided with a number of movement combos including jabs, crosses, high knees & elbows.  This class is designed for members who want to have a full body exercise hour.  No prior boxing experience is needed.  Come have fun; get your sweat on & have a great 1 hour, kick butt class!


Group Power/ Group Ride 

Be watching for dates for October  

Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - July 2015

Monday, July 13 2015 2:02 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Instructor we are featuring this month:

Kara Thomas was born and raised in Olathe, KS.  She went to school at Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a full ride vocal scholarship.  Then in 1995 she came to Emporia to finish her college career in Early Childhood Development, graduating in 1997 from Emporia State University.  She now calls Emporia her home, married Jerid Thomas in 1998, and has two children, Paige-13yrs. and Jaden-10yrs.  Her children are the day to day excitement that keeps her and Jerid on their toes, between traveling softball, volleyball, baseball games and dance classes they stay ready with the camera to catch the memories.

Kara works for Thomas Property Management as the Property Manager and takes care of overseeing 300 properties.  One of her favorite hobbies is her business called Kake Atelier, where she makes wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and rents out chocolate fountains.  She likes to call this her “Therapy” Job.

In 2007, Kara started teaching classes at Walburn’s Gym.  She taught a mixture of step classes, kickboxing classes, and Zumba classes.  Then when it changed hands to become Genesis Health Clubs she went and received certification in Cycle.  Teaching classes in this setting has been an absolute joy and has given her the opportunity to meet so many people as well as keeping her motivated to live a healthy lifestyle.  

In her spare time, Kara loves to go watch movies, listen to music, go see musicals, shop at the West Bottoms in KC, and last but not least, she loves to travel!

Class of the Month: Combat Fitness

We are bringing it back and Basil will give you a workout to remember!

A cardio based class that uses the fundamentals of boxing to engage participants.  Members are given a warm-up of various calisthenics & dynamic stretching.  The participants are provided with a number of movement combos including jabs, crosses, high knees & elbows.  This class is designed for members who want to have a full body exercise hour.  No prior boxing experience is needed.  Come have fun; get your sweat on & have a great 1 hour, kick butt class!
Launch dates:

July 22nd at 6:30 pm  Group Power
July 30th at 6:30pm RIPPED (New Session)

Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Wednesday, May 6 2015 4:20 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Instructor of the Month: Karen Guzman

Karen has been a fitness instructor for 10 years at this facility. She is certified in Step, Zumba, Hip Hop, and Group Power. Professionally Karen works for the state of Kansas a Vocation Rehab Specialist.

When not in the gym or working Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, of 10 years, German and cheering on her sons Brandon (15), Diego (7), and Daniel (5) in their many sporting activities. When Karen wants to relax she enjoys shopping, dancing and traveling

Class of the Month:  Flexibility and Mobility

Learn a wide range of techniques such as foam rolling, trigger point therapy, Active stretching & passive stretching.  If you stretch correctly & regularly, you will find that every movement you make becomes easier.  This class is new and is taught by one of personal trainers Dylan McEwin.

G60 Bootcamp

It was a huge success we had a great month and some really great participants.  If you don’t know what this is please ask at the front desk!  Danielle  Metzger  was our G30 Boot Camp winner for April 2015


Twin Night

We had Twin Night at our last Group Power launch.  Fun was had by all who attended.


Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - April 2015

Tuesday, April 7 2015 1:12 PM
Categorized In Emporia

We have two new Instructors to introduce this month:

Lisa Moritz:  joined the Emporia Genesis Health Club as a member in May of 2011, first working with personal trainers and later trying various group fitness classes. After being a “Power Groupie” since the fall of 2012, Lisa became a certified Group Power instructor last month.
Lisa is originally from Tipton, Kansas and has lived in Emporia since May of 2005. Lisa works as an Executive Coordinator in the Office of the President at ESU and also teaches literature and writing classes for the English dept. at the university. In addition to her work at the university, Lisa is also studying to become a Certified Health Coach, helping people make nutrition and lifestyle changes to improve their overall health. She expects to receive her certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in May 2015.
Lisa has an 11-year-old son, Eliot, who is in middle school at EMS and who plays violin and loves anything to do with Minecraft. Lisa’s husband, Kevin Rabas, teaches creative writing (poetry and playwriting) at ESU and plays drums in an original folk/blues band called The Petroglyphs. Lisa is also a singer/songwriter with two CDs of original songs Dream of Blue (2002) and Holding Time (2006).

Hope Edelman: My husband and I became Genesis members 2 years ago!  We wanted to stay fit and healthy so we can travel when we get older.  We have 3 sons: Layke, 16, who just became a member, Sage 13, and Zane 11.  I am the owner of an auction business, Swift-N-Sure Auctions & Real Estate which has been in business for 9 years.  My husband auctions and I do everything else.  We both sell real estate and have a few rentals.  We are very family oriented and active in our church.  My hobbies are: horses, love horses, which I have a couple, ceramics, and exercise!  Once you get started and see the results it is hard to quit!  I became an instructor to boost my self-confidence and to show people that if I can do it, you can too!  My husband says when I make up my mind to do something, nothing can stop me.   Come and join me in working out in Group Power or any of our other variety of workouts here at Genesis!

The April MOSSA Launches are coming!!!

Signup sheets will be at the front desk a week prior to each launch!! You will need to sign up these classes fill up quicky! You don’t want to miss the new and exciting releases.

Working Together and Moving together!

  • Mon, April 06, 6:30pm  Group Ride  
  • Thur, April 16, 5:30 p.m.  Group Centergy
  • Mon, April 20,  6:30pm Group Power

Boot Camp G60:  It is a huge success we had a great month and some really great participants.  If you don’t know what this is please ask at the front desk!  The March G60 Boot camp winner is Josh Williams.

Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - March 2015

Monday, March 2 2015 2:09 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Instructor of the Month: Cindy Lore

Cindy is a native of Olpe, growing up on a dairy farm, one of nine children.  She attended Olpe schools, and studied at Emporia State University.  She is a member of Sacred Heart Church where she serves on various committees.  She entered the business world, working as Office Manager for DeBauge Bros., the local Coca Cola and Coors distributors, and is currently employed in the family business at Lore & Hagemann Construction.

Employment at Walburn’s Gym started in 2006 where she taught a variety of classes including step, kickboxing, and weight training/toning classes.  Cindy practiced and competed in martial arts for over ten years and accomplished a third degree black belt ranking.  She currently enjoys teaching Group Power classes at Genesis.
Cindy is married to J.C. Lore and they have two daughters, Kelli and Karen, who reside and work in the Kansas City area.  Karen is single, loves her puppies, and spends her spare time aiding in animal adoption programs.  Kelli is married to Nick White and they have two boys, Ethan and Emmett.  Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, and loves watching her grandsons in their sporting events.
In Cindy’s spare time, she enjoys watching KC Royals baseball, KC Chiefs football, and college hoops.  
She enjoys movies, music, reading, working in her flower beds, spending time in the outdoors, and loves vacationing with family and friends.

Class of the Month - Group Power

Group Power is your hour of power! This 60 minute barbell program strengthens all your major muscles in an inspiring, motivating group environment with fantastic music and awesome instructors. With simple, athletic movements such as squats, lunges, presses and curls, Group Power is for all ages and fitness levels. The Express class offers a shorter version for those time pressed individuals. Discover results! Come join the fun!


Bootcamp G30/G60:  It was a huge success we had a great month and some really great participants.  If you don’t know what this is please ask at the front desk! Cathy McCarthy was our G30 Bootcamp winner for February 2015

Bring a friend to Workout with you this month and get registered to win a TV given away at the TGIF in April right here at our Emporia Genesis club. Ask how at the front desk!

Emporia Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:49 PM
Categorized In Emporia

Instructor of the Month:  Andra Baldwin

Andra is a native of Romania and moved to the US in 1999 while pursuing a graduate degree in English Literature. She is passionate about all things fitness and has been actively involved in inspiring others to pursue their health journeys for the past 7 years. Her own journey began when she found herself 30, overweight and unhappy. While searching for a way to get out of the rut, she discovered Zumba  instructor, is licensed in Zumba, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba and R.I.P.P.E.D. and constantly strives to become a better instructor by attending workshops and trainings. At Genesis Andra teaches Zumba, Zumba Toning and R.I.P.P.E.D. and loves each and every class! During her employment she made it a priority to offer fun master classes as well as host fundraising events for local and national organizations. Her participants know her as energetic, fun and encouraging! She makes it a point to learn all the participants' names and reaches out to them in and out of class. Newcomers remark on the fact that it really feels as if everyone knows each other and her classes are a "judgment-free zone". She often reminds her crew to just keep on moving and to check the ego at the door! On a personal note, Andra loves to spend time with her husband Daniel and two lovely daughters, Laura and Viviana. She loves exploring and enjoys watching documentaries. Andra believes in moderation and savors the occasional slice of chocolate cake!

Class of the Month Zumba by Andra Baldwin and Karen Guzman

Zumba - This class features aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast & slow rhythms that tone & sculpt the body. It utilizes the principles of fitness interval training & resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning & total body toning. It is a mixture of body sculpting movements with easy to follow dance steps.

ZCrew, mark your calendars for February 15th!! You didn't think I would let Valentine's day pass without throwing a proper Zumba party, did you???? The theme for that day's LONGER class is, of course, LOOOOOOOOOOOVE. But we will use this opportunity to show some love to a local organization which provides invaluable services to its members and to the community!! Stay tuned for details!!! This will be fantastic!! Get your red, white and pink gear ready!!!

Introducing a New INSTRUCTOR : Michael Christian

Hey everyone, my name is Michael Christiani.  I'm originally from Emporia, and was a track and cross country runner at the state level as well as receiving multiple scholarship offers.  Instead of pursuing them, I chose to serve in the Army Infantry for 8 years.  Upon completion of my contract, I moved back in order to rekindle with my family and friends I had seen very little of for so long.  I have another main job I work during the week, but I am here every Friday at 12:15 for ATC and 4:30 for HIIT!

During my time in the Army, I had many different jobs and responsibilities, but my main specialty always seemed to go back to fitness.  I was stationed in Ft Myer, VA as an Honor Guard, which is also where I had my first deployment to Africa for 15 months.  While in Africa, I was a Commando Course instructor for the Ugandan military, there were 15 Americans training 240 Ugandans.  It was during this time I found my love for teaching.  My second duty station was Schofield, HI where I was a squad leader, and had my last deployment for a year to Afghanistan.  For my last year in Hawaii, I worked directly for our high level leadership, and was tasked with creating a mandatory daily fitness program for approximately 200 soldiers that had specific injuries.  I had to create a program that would give them a good workout while not affecting their injuries, plus I was the head enlisted instructor.  When I separated from the military, we only had approximately 60 people attending the program, so it was quite a success, and I would say my best fitness achievement to date.  
I love instructing, I love helping people out so they can achieve their goals and live a healtheir lifestyle, and I would love to see you all at my classes!  Picture above (Final in blues)

Bootcamp G30/G60:  It was a huge success we had a great month and some really great participants.  If you don’t know what this is please ask at the front desk! 

Rosalinda was our G30 Bootcamp winner for January(Pic img0585 Roslinda)
Picture of Bootcamp January 2015 (IMG 0582 Bootcamp)

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